If you have an extra day during your trip to Seville, or on your visit to Andalusia, definitely don’t miss a chance to go to Córdoba. Sadly, if people even know about this city, they usually tend to skip it! The lesser-known sister to Seville is only an hour further north, and is worth a visit because of its beautiful architecture and the cozy city center. Check out my tips for a nice day trip to Córdoba: the most beautiful sights and other recommendations.
No matter how much I travel, I have never gotten such positive response as when I told people that I was visiting Seville. It seems that it has left a positive mark on almost everyone who has ever been there. I got tips on things to do and places to eat from many people (thank you!), and I can confirm that: Yes, Seville really is as fun as everyone tells you. If you have a trip to Sevilla coming up soon, you really need to read this article. In this guide I share the best tips for sights, restaurants and hotels in Seville!
I don’t think I have ever received as many questions about any of my itineraries, as I did when I traveled Andalusia! Which is not so strange of course: Andalusia is a pretty magical place! The dry terracotta-colored landscapes with striking white villages feel like a different universe. And when I wandered around the palaces with Moorish architecture, I had to pinch myself to double check I wasn’t dreaming.
Surprisingly there are quite a lot of things to do in Andalusia and a week is actually a bit too short. A week and a half would have been perfect, and if you also want to relax for a few days I would even stretch it to two weeks. Because part of my trip was arranged for me, I wasn’t able to plan everything myself. After I got my psycho control issues out of the way, it was actually pretty fun, since we went to places that I otherwise wouldn’t have gone to. Sadly we didn’t visit Granada: the Alhambra was already sold out for the dates that we were in town, and I would rather come back a second time to really explore the city.
So instead we spent five days travelling and two days relaxing at the pool. Exactly what I needed after five days of sightseeing! This was my itinerary for seven days in Andalusia!
Now that winter is well on the way in a large part of the world, I thought it was about time to have a look at a nice and warm escape. I’ve always been fascinated by the Canary Islands: it’s a part of Spain, but because of its location close to the African coast the weather is always nice. I’ve never visited the Canary Islands, but I want to change that soon – for these reasons below!
It’s time for another budget list! It’s a bit different than last time, since I was with my dad this time. And my dad has the habit of grabbing my credit card away as soon as I offer to pay for something. So he paid for a few things, which made it a bit harder to keep a record. But I’ve done my best to keep an eye on the prices in Valencia, so here’s an overview of how much I spent in Valencia!
To be clear: for a city trip I count a trip of three days and two nights.
With over 3 million inhabitants, Madrid is not only the capital of Spain but also the biggest city of the Iberian peninsula. Still many travellers, who’d rather spend a weekend at sea, are skipping the city in favor of Barcelona, Valencia, the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands. But the beach isn’t everything! Madrid is not just a ridiculously beautiful and vibrant city with hardly any mass tourism, it’s also very affordable! Explorista picked 9 (almost) free activities for you which will turn your city trip to the heart of Spain into a success.
City breaks in Europe can easily make a pretty big dent in your wallet, especially in summer months, when costs can jump up three times. I spent ten days in Barcelona for €25 a day, in the middle of the summer. I had a full apartment for myself, saw all the major tourist sights (and went off the beaten track too!), and went out for food multiple times. What? Yep, fo real. I’ll share how I did this, and some tips on how you can save money in Barcelona too!